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The Legend of Zelda (Valiant Comics)/Issue 2

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The Legend of Zelda Issue 2
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The comic's second issue
Writer(s) George Caragonne
Publisher(s) Valiant Comics
Release date
March 1990

The Legend of Zelda comics by Valiant Comics Issue #2 was originally released in March 1990.

Parts

To the First Power

The story begins with Link and Zelda near an Underworld entrance. As Zelda is getting ready to go inside Level-1 to practice fighting in Ganon's Underworld,[1] Link reminds her that if she needs help at one point, she can just blow the Magic Whistle and he will be there to assist her.[2] The princess heads in, confident in that nothing could go wrong with all of the lessons Link has taught her.[3] After Zelda vanishes into the Underworld, a Wizzrobe commands several of Ganon's minions to tie Link up so that he can teleport both of them into the final room of the labyrinth, revealing to Link that he filled the Eagle Labyrinth with the most dangerous of enemies so that Zelda may not stand a chance up against them.[4] Although Link confronts the Wizzrobe and tells him that capturing Zelda will do no good since he is the one that Ganon wants, the Wizzrobe confesses that he is not interested in following Ganon's orders anymore.[5] He elaborates that he has gathered many other minions who feel the same way, and as soon as he destroys Link and Zelda, all of Ganon's minions will join his renegade army, leaving Ganon to fail.[6]

Zelda getting ambushed by Ganon's minions

Meanwhile, just as Zelda is telling herself that she will not call for Link's help at the first sign of danger, a Gohma appears behind her.[7] Surprised that a Gohma has appeared in such an early level,[8] the princess tries to fire a Sword Beam at the foe's eye, but she is pushed back by the force of the beam, blaming Link for not having told her about the "kick."[9] She is successful in defeating a group of incoming Patras, although she admits to herself that the current situation is too tough for her and decides to call Link by blowing the Magic Whistle.[10] When Link does not appear, Zelda realizes that something must have happened and tries to stay calm since she can still get out by remembering everything that the young hero taught her.[11] The princess then reaches for her magic pouch and gets out a bomb, recalling Link's advice in that she can find an exit by blowing up one of room's walls.[12] The opening reveals even more of Ganon's minions,[13] but still the princess manages to get into the next room since the foes are busy fighting amongst themselves.[14] Zelda then prepares another bomb since she hears someone approaching her,[15] which just turns out to be Miff.[16] Before Miff can say anything else, she warns Zelda about the Dodongo behind her, allowing Zelda to defeat it with her last bomb.[17] Miff realizes that the princess is hurt,[18] and as the fairy heals her wounds, the princess explains to her the recent strange events.[19] Astonished, Miff explains that Zelda cannot hope to fight through the Underworld's labyrinths using Link's way since she considers that the young hero only survives because of his "dumb luck and brute force."[20] Zelda realizes this and wishes she had a bow with her since she is unable to fire a sword beam correctly.[21]

Soon after, Miff and Zelda stumble into the treasure of the Eagle Labyrinth, a magic bow,[22] which allows the princess to defeat the Gohma with a single shot and make her way into the final chamber of the maze.[23] Inside, the Wizzrobe is delighted to see Zelda since he will now be able to defeat her himself[24], but the princess wastes no time and throws the sword to the chains that are tying Link, freeing him. The Wizzrobe shoots a magic beam at her, which Zelda dodges and quickly fires an arrow from her bow towards the foe, making it fall into a fire pit that sends the Wizzrobe back to Ganon.[25] The story ends with the Wizzrobe kneeling in front of Ganon while the Prince of Darkness praises him since he could make use of a "deceitful and treacherous" man like him.[26]

Trust Me

The story opens with Ganon visiting the small farming town of Saria, which is located in Western Hyrule.[27] When the villagers see Ganon, they are terrified, and begin to flee.[28] However, Ganon claims to have come in peace,[29] and picks up a small boy named Rus.[30] When Ganon asks the boy why he's afraid of him,[31] the boy replies that Ganon is the evil one.[32] Ganon responds that those are simply lies that were spread by Link, whom he refers to as a man-monster.[33][34] Ganon goes on to talk about how Link has attacked his servants and constantly tries to destroy him.[35] He tells the villagers that although the Wicked Princess Zelda[36] has done nothing to help their barren fields,[37] he will do so. He proceeds to magically plant a large fruit tree in the middle of a field, claiming that it is just a fraction of his power.[38] He tells the people that he would do more to help them, but because of Link's attacks on him, he must save up his magic.[39]

Link and Zelda are then seen using a map, attempting to find Ganon's location. Link wants to continue their pursuit of Ganon,[40] but Zelda insists that she stop to visit Saria, as it is her duty.[41] The two walk down to the bridge that leads into town. Zelda happily greets the River Man,[42] but Link butts in about his search for Ganon.[43] The River Man says that he suspected as much,[44] and that Link and Zelda are troublemakers.[45] Link and Zelda explore the town some more, but Link is impatient about it.[46] Zelda offers to help the People of Saria fix their drought problem, and suggests building a dam.[47] Unfortunately, after the dam is completed, the land is still infertile.[48] Zelda comes to the conclusion that the land must be cursed,[49] and assumes that it's Ganon's doing.[50]

Zelda saves Rus from Ganon's spell

At that moment, Ganon shows up claiming that Link and Zelda are still spreading their lies.[51] Upon sight, Link immediately attacks Ganon, but his attack is blocked by Ganon's magic. Ganon claims that he cannot even visit his "friends" without being attacked,[52] but says that he still came to help, even with the great risk to himself.[53] He presents a bottle which contains the magical Water of Life,[54] and says that it will heal Saria's fields.[55] However, he refuses to give it over until Link is captured.[56] Link starts to defend himself from the descending villagers, but Zelda stops him.[57] As the villagers pin Link down, Ganon asks Rus to hand him Link's sword.[58] When Rus inquires to what Ganon intends to do,[59] Ganon demands that he turn over the sword.[60] Rus then tries to escape, but Ganon says that the boy will be punished for his disobedience.[61] Ganon then attempts to attack Rus using a magic spell, but Zelda dives in the way, and takes the blast instead.

When Link sees this happen, he is able to break away from the townspeople's grasp, and rushes forward to attack Ganon. He shoots a beam out of his sword towards Ganon, but misses. Ganon laughs at Link's attempt,[62] Link but Link was aiming for the dam. The dam then bursts, and the rushing water sweeps Ganon and his tree away. Link then comments that Ganon doesn't look like a very strong swimmer.[63] Shortly after, the villagers begin to repair the dam, and they thank Link and Zelda for their aid.[64]

Bonus 1

The bonus in issue #2 consists of a map of the North Palace. There are descriptions of some of the buildings, some of them making jokes.

References

  1. "Stop worrying, Link. If I'm going to learn to fight in Ganon's Underworld, I've got to practice on my own." (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. 1)
  2. "Okay, Zelda! If you get into trouble, blow the Magic Whistle and I'll be there!" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. 1)
  3. "This is the least troublesome underworld maze and you've taught me everything I need to know... What could possibly go wrong?" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. 1)
  4. "Grab him! Without his weapons, he's helpless! You thought Eagle Labyrinth was a safe place for Zelda to hone her battle skills! Fool! I filled it with the most lethal enemies in Ganon's army! She won't stand a chance! Let my teleportation spell carry us to the final room of the labyrinth!" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. 2)
  5. "Why go to all this trouble to get Zelda, Wizzrobe? I'm the one Ganon wants! / Ganon's desires don't interest me! I'm finished following that loser!" (The Legend of Zelda No.2 (Valiant Comics), pg. 2)
  6. "I've gathered many of Ganon's minions who feel the same! Ganon has never been able to stop you OR Zelda! But, if I can destroy you both, Ganon's minions will join my renegade army...and Ganon himself will fall!" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. 2)
  7. "If Link thinks I'm going to give up and call him to rescue me at the first sign of danger, he's in for a surprise! [...] A Gohma!" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. 3)
  8. "That's not supposed to happen in level one! I guess Link wanted to surprise me! Well, I'm not quitting!" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. 3)
  9. "One quick Sword Blast and you'll be seafood salad, one-eye! [...] Whoa!" (The Legend of Zelda No.2 (Valiant Comics), pg. 3)
  10. "All right, I admit it! This IS too tough for me! I'm blowing the whistle, Link--come bail me out!" (The Legend of Zelda No.2 (Valiant Comics), pg. 4)
  11. "Link? Where ARE you? This isn't funny anymore! He's not coming. Something must be wrong. Okay, don't panic. I'm on my own. But if I remember everything Link taught me I can still get out of this." (The Legend of Zelda No.2 (Valiant Comics), pg. 4)
  12. "Zelda reaches in her Magic Pouch... Ah...here's what I need! 'If you can't find a door, clear your way with the bomb!' One door coming up!" (The Legend of Zelda No.2 (Valiant Comics), pg. 5)
  13. "Oh, no! More of them!" (The Legend of Zelda No.2 (Valiant Comics), pg. 5)
  14. "Lucky these guys are so STUPID!" (The Legend of Zelda No.2 (Valiant Comics), pg. 6)
  15. "Something's coming! One bomb left!" (The Legend of Zelda No.2 (Valiant Comics), pg. 6)
  16. "Miff! My favorite fairy! Am I glad to see you!" (The Legend of Zelda No.2 (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  17. "Zelda! Behind you! [...] A dodongo!" (The Legend of Zelda No.2 (Valiant Comics), pg. 7)
  18. "Oh princess! You're hurt!" (The Legend of Zelda No.2 (Valiant Comics), pg. 7)
  19. "Later, after Miff's fairy magic has restored Zelda's health and after Zelda has explained the day's strange events..." (The Legend of Zelda No.2 (Valiant Comics), pg. 7)
  20. "Are you out of your MIND!?! Link is an IDIOT! Link survives on dumb luck and brute force!" (The Legend of Zelda No.2 (Valiant Comics), pg. 7)
  21. "Link is NOT an idiot! But...I'm not Link. [...] It would sure help if I had a bow! I can't fire a sword blast worth a darn!" (The Legend of Zelda No.2 (Valiant Comics), pg. 8)
  22. "(Further into the underworld...) Miff: Behold the treasure of the Eagle Labyrinth!
    Zelda: A magic bow!"
    (The Legend of Zelda No.2 (Valiant Comics), pg. 8)
  23. "Nice shot, Zelda! Now...that's the door to the final chamber!" (The Legend of Zelda No.2 (Valiant Comics), pg. 8)
  24. "I don't know how you got past my renegade army, princess! But I'm delighted that I get to destroy you myself!" (The Legend of Zelda No.2 (Valiant Comics), pg. 9)
  25. "Zelda: And you picked on the WRONG princess, Wizzrobe!
    Wizzrobe: Nooo! This will send be back to Ganon!"
    (The Legend of Zelda No.2 (Valiant Comics), pg. 10)
  26. "So...you plotted behind my back! You, Wizzrobe, are deceitful and treacherous! [...] Good! I can USE a man like you." (The Legend of Zelda No.2 (Valiant Comics), pg. 10)
  27. "One day, in the Town of Saria" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  28. "The Prince of Darkness! Run for your lives!" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  29. "Wait! I come in peace!" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  30. "Our boy Rus, here" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  31. "Why do you fear me, boy?" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  32. "You're the Evil one! My daddy said so!" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  33. "Lies, my dear innocent child! All lies!" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  34. "I know why you fear me--! Because you believe the venomous lies spread by one who is truly evil! A man-monster called... Link!" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  35. "He [Link] assaults my mountain home, attacks my servants, and tries to destroy me." (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  36. "The wicked Princess Zelda" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  37. "I see that your fields are barren. What have Link and his co-conspirator, the wicked Princess Zelda done for you?" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  38. "This is but a fraction of my power!" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  39. "But, I must save all my energy to defend myself against Link's treachery!" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  40. "All I care about is catching up with that pig, Ganon!" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  41. "I am the Princess of Hyrule! Royal etiquette demands that I greet my people properly!" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  42. "All I care about is catching up with that pig, Ganon!" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  43. "Ahem! We're looking for the evil wizard Ganon who may have passed through here!" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  44. "I suspected as much!" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  45. "Troublemakers! We don't want your kind!" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  46. "But they don't even like us! Hey! You're not listening!" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  47. "Link and I will help you [Saria Village] build a dam on the river that will divert water to irrigate your fields!" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  48. "I told you it wouldn't work! You wasted our time with your scheme!" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  49. "Unless... the fields were cursed!" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  50. "Only one wizard has that power... Ganon!" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  51. "Again, the evil Link and Zelda spread their slanderous lies!" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  52. "Do you see, people of Saria? I am attacked without provocation by this assassin! I cannot even peacefully visit my friends!" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  53. "Despite the personal danger, I came here to give you this." (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  54. "The Magical Water of Life" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  55. "[It] will restore your fields, giving you all the food you need!" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  56. "...After you capture the evil Link!" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  57. "They're just innocent pawns. Please don't hurt them!" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  58. "Ah! Link's Magic Sword! His greatest weapon! You, boy! Give it to me!" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  59. "W-what are you going to do to them?" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  60. "Do not question me! Give me the sword! Now!" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  61. "There is only one punishment for disobedience" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  62. "Ha! You [Link] missed!" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  63. "Hmm... doesn't look like old pig face is a very strong swimmer." (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. )
  64. "How can we thank you for all you've done for us?" (The Legend of Zelda No. 2 (Valiant Comics), pg. )